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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (21 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009187887X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091878870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A must for Roses fans and musos alike." (The Big Issue)

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The definitive biography of The Stone Roses, one the most important bands in British music history

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Format: Paperback
I had this for a while before reading it and yes, it tells the story of The Stone Roses who I love but it just isn't very well written. There is poor grammar and repetition throughout and the later period isn't dealt with in any great depth.
The book looks great but I felt "Was that it?" after I finished reading it but if you want the best book about The Stone Roses then I have a feeling this is the book that you should get.
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why did I wait so long! classic book that really gets the feel for manchester in the late eighties that no other book has. central to it all of course are the roses- one of the classic British bands. I couldn't put the book down- t refernces all the great manchester mini scenes and people of the time and reads like it was written by someone who was actually there.
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I was salivating over this book. As a massive fan of the Roses, I was hoping to get the definitive account of one of the greatest English rock & roll bands of all time.

In fairness to John Robb, the account is pacy & thorough, he does know his subject matter. However, you find yourself wondering what he was doing during English lessons. Was he staring out of the window? surreptitiously listening to Joy Division on a walkman? dreaming of rock stardom? One thing is for sure - he wasn't paying attention. The Grammar is appaling, the construction of sentences is er...rudimentary, you will flick back & forwards wondering if you are reading the same page twice as he reuses phrases repeatedly a page or two apart & makes many, many claims that just cannot be substantiated and are simply opinion - but presented as fact.

It's clear that John had a REAL good time on Ecstasy, yet cocaine is the devils dandruff - bit of a double standard there one thinks. Overall, this comes across as a fanboi account (nothing wrong with that, I'm a Roses fanboi) written by a none too bright thirteen year old in a hurry to get to footy practice. It's just not grown up enough to warrant its subject matter. One has to wonder as a result, where was the publisher in all this? No sub editors? no proof readers? No taste police? It all has the brackish whiff of a quick cash in on what was one of the biggest musical car crashes of the 90's. An ok read, but should have been a great one. 5/10, must try harder Mr. Robb.
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my mates have been raving about this book for years, and since its a reprint I thought it was time I got hold of a copy myself. Im glad I did, this book has it all, its written from the inside, its funny and its interesting and it totally tells the story of the Roses in incredable detail from the their punk rock youth to their rise to the top. it captures manchester of the time better than any other book i have read on the subject and is amust for anybody interested in rock n roll manchester music and a genration growing up from punk into acid house and baggy and interested in the Roses making that amazing album...
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Jonn Robb writes with a very colloquial style in this book. The style does the job well - it's easy and readable and shows enthusiasm for the Band. While there are many grammatical errors and faults it's perfectly written for a music biography.
The book tells the Roses story year by year. We get a lot of detail from the early years and about the exploits of the young Roses as they form the punk band English Rose, and form scooter gangs in urban Manchester. The Roses years are told in an enthusiastic way with many opinions and memories from various wide eyed fans. The descriptions of the gigs and records sound exciting and go some way to showing what it must have been really like to be there as a diehard Roses fan. The "lost years" as the band record the "Second Coming" sound just as banal as those years must have been.
There are no interviews with the Roses theirselves in this book, except quotes from old music press interviews. This means that this is a good book from a fans point of view. This is the key - it's written by a fan for Roses fans, but there's also no real revelations or shock. Any Roses fan will know most of this already. I am certain that there are many shocking and unbelievable stories that remain untold about the Roses (especially about their lost years). But until Mani writes his own version of events (as I'm sure he will in 15 years time when Primal Scream retire) we will never know. I wasn't expecting a book full of revelation, I expected a good read about the Roses story. This is exactly what I got and this book is a very good read indeed. This is easily the best Stone Roses biography available. A good book about a great band.
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I disagree with other comments saying it was dissapointing. This book was written for the fans and so couldn't be written in such a literate way as to exclude the bulk of them.
I bought it for my holiday this year and could not put it down. I would recommend it to any Stone Roses fan however large or small. It doesn't only deal with bands rise to fame, it gives you a real insight into social background of the 4's upbrining in Manchester, delves deep into their personalities, places your mind right in the centre of the evolving scene at the time, lets you feel exactly what the band we about and deals with the turbulent 5 year absence after 'One Love'.
Don't fall into the trap of hoping to compare this books greatness with 'The Stone Roses' album. Very few things in life ever get that good. It should be judged on its own merits, set apart from the legendary music, scene and attitude that it attempts to put into words.
An essential companion for any Stone Roses fan.
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